Kip Thorne, the physicist who wrote the book on black holes (and time warps), discusses the new physics he’s most excited about, and exactly. Astrophysicist Kip Thorne’s book on the black holes was a revelation for me in college, both for its science content and Thorne’s willingness to. Black Holes & Time Warps has ratings and reviews. Kip Thorne, author of Black Holes and Time Warps, is one of three Nobel laureates for Physics.
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You’ve come to the right place. The central theme of the book is gravity and what happens when it becomes far more powerful than we know it to be in our solar system. Backward time travel is probably impossible, and things are still murky when it comes to forward time travel, but scientists know for sure that time moves differently for different observers, so in that sense we are all traveling in time relative to each snd. I feel that more writers should follow Brian Greene’s example in The Elegant Universeand keep the explanation as brief and to the point warpps possible, pointing the reader who has never read a detailed account to other books.
Anyone who struggled with that book will find here a more slowly paced but equally mind-stretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and humancomponent. Kip Thorne nicely put in these elements which prevented the book from being just another watered-down physics popularising book.
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In the last chapter he presents some of his own Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in astrophysics? Thorne takes you across the electromagnetic spectrum, from light through radio and X-rays up to the latest area of investigation, non-electromagnetic gravity waves, being sought as the inevitable result of black holes in collision.
Ti,e when research in fundamental physics converges with work on nuclear weapons, he does not shirk from giving a careful and balanced account of the involvement of scientists concerned. The idea is to get a personal picture on topics of current interest, written by prominent characters involved in the research. Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? I’m not what you would call an intellectual and I’ve never studied Physics, but I found this book easily accessible and even fascinating.
Physicists and academics are too conservative to get involved in space travel research as it is traditionally linked to science fiction and Star Trek junkies. This page was last edited on 15 Tlmeat And I would hope that the books that I’ve written may have some role hkles educating the public about the power of science for dealing with these kinds of things. Jul 21, Lauren rated it really liked it. I this book,after a introductin as a sf short tale where a spaceship goes to the evet horizon of different sizes of black holes to investigate,the author explains clearly the principle of relativity is to say that the physical laws are the same in all inertial reference frames,this priciple is the origin of the special relativity theory the special relativity theory could have been discovered many years before bec Kip S.
Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy
I this book,after a introductin as a sf short tale where a spaceship goes to the evet horizon of different sizes of black holes to investigate,the author explains clearly the principle of relativity is to say that the physical laws are the same in all inertial reference frames,this priciple is the origin of the special relativity theory the special relativity theory could have been discovered many years before because the Maxwell equation for a electromagnetic wave is invariant under Lorentz transformations and not blac galilean transformations,in this sense the blakc theory by Maxwell is the first classic field relativistic theory second the equivalence principle that is the origin of the generl theory of relativity where the spacetime is curved by the presence of matter and energy and the light follows geodesics ,the short lines between two points that are not in this case straight lines,for example in a sphere surface the geodesics are maximun circles or meridians.
The biographical presentations are sympathetic and thornr care to show how the researchers’ ideas could develop – or not develop – blac, the research environment of their time and place.
Calla Cofield joined the crew of Space. By the time graduation rolled around, I’d found science writing and was relieved and excited to know that science was going to blqck a part of my life after all.
After a catchy opening on board a space ship that “time-travels” to the largest black hole in the universe, we learn about Newton, Einstein, Oppenheimer, quantum gravity, weak and strong forces, space-time, wormholes and various other juicy concepts that unite and divide Star Trek fans the world over.
I read it cover to cover, holss, and came away with a combination of understanding and deep confusion – not from any problems with the delivery, but hloes the subject matter itself is deeply complex. There is excellent coverage of the instruments used, such as the radio telescope or the X-ray detecting satellites.
Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. I enjoyed the read, holex I now know a lot more about the waeps matter than I did before I read it.
Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question: The main actors in this play Einstein who started it all with his theory of relativity Eddington and Chandrasekhar who first thought and fought in detail about what happens when massive stars collapseOppenheimer who, besides constructing the first atomic bomb, was the first to develop a theoretical model of a black holeLandau, Wheeler, Zeldovich and Novikov who refined the theory and trained many of the leading black hole researchers of the coming generationup to Hawking who included quantum theoretical considerations and predicted the evaporation of black holes and Penrose who introduced topological methods into cosmological research.
No eBook available W. He is also effectively responsible for the discovery of the possibility that if a stable wormhole could be created and manipulated in a specific manner without destroying it, then it would form a type of time machine.
This book about gravity and black holes seems more like a detailed history of thprne last years of physics, particularly the effort to unite quantum mechanics with Einstein’s relativity theory.
I spent about a year reading this the first time, in bits and pieces, when time allowed. In this way, Thorne seems to capture that mistakes are critical to the advance of science. This was a particularly good one.
‘Black Holes and Time Warps’
The topics within – particularly the sections on relativity and event diagrams – require the reader to spend some time turning them over in the mind to reach an intuitive understanding. I’ve read a handful of books awrps the subject of cosmology and physics but where those have fallen short, Professor Thorne has achieved excellence.
Then there is a chapter on gravity waves, one on different ways of considering black holes, one on the discovery that black holes can evaporate, and one on the interior of black holes and the problem of singularities. I didn’t expect this to be an easy read but I didn’t really expect to have any problem getting through it since I’ve been researching this type of stuff since I was in 8th grade. There’s even some small solace for those who fear the inevitable end of blacck atomic matter one day getting sucked into the inescapable maw of a singularity.
He lives in Pasadena, California. He is clearly quite a character, involved in smuggling manuscripts out of the Soviet Union to be published in the West, and in several bets made about then current questions about the detailed nature of black holes.
It’s an idea that is not only harmful to those who would like to engage the public, but to the entire community, for many reasons. Remind me of back to the Future you know. He said when he was 13 years old, he read the book “One Two Three … Infinity” by George Gamow, a very talented nuclear and astrophysicist who worked during the first half of the 20th century. What’s nice to this book is that it has a lot of personal elements – how different important figures are different in their characters and the way they guide their students and how they come to accept and reject certain ideas, or even how certain people gets attention or not by the community by virtue of his chara It is an eye-opening book for gravitational physics, even for physics students trained in GR as it covers very broad topics and development of general relativity and black hole physics.
The first part of the book describes theory of relativity, concept of spacetime fabric of the universe and curvature of spacetime in presence of matter stars, galaxies, etc. Thorne explains difficult to parse concepts with an engaging and understandable voice, using numerous examples, while not afraid to delve into the nitty-gritty physics and math if necessary.
Ordinarily, one can easily lose the momentum of reading a book over pages long. Jan 26, Stephie rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is one of the best books written on the topic by one of the key players in the field. The Mystery of the White Dwarfs.
Black Holes and Time Warps: A Conversation with Kip Thorne
This is a theme throughout the whole book. Also in the thirteen century Roger, Bacon Established the concept that science shoud base It’s reasoning with experimental evidence.
Available Our Retail Price: Thorne’s book was a breath of fresh air for me. The New York Times.